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Tickets For "Ever After" Are On Sale Today!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/31/14.

Tickets for "Ever After" (our ninth original, full-length ballet) go on sale today, with performances on Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th at 2:00 and 6:00 PM in the Gregory Center on the Milligan College campus. WIth only 290 seats for each performance, these tickest can go fast. Please order early to ensure you get what you need.

Ever After, is based on the short story "The Way Home: A Princess Story" by Max Lucado and features all of the dance students at Trinity Arts Center, performing to music by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, George Fenton, Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, Coldplay, Audiomachine, Enya, and more.

As with all of our productions, expect an entertaining and meaningful performance as we re-tell this age-old story of rebellion and death, transformed into salvation, restoration, and life. From the irresistible cuteness of our forest animals to the athletic and passionate performances of our most accomplished dancers, we hope you'll leave entertained, encouraged, and perhaps, changed.

Tickets are available at, in the lobby at Trinity Arts Center, or by calling 926-6048. We hope to see you there!

Purchase tickets to our spring production of Ever After.

Fourth Quarter Tuition Is Due This Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/17/14.

Tuition for the fourth and final quarter of the 2013-14 school year is due this week. For the majority of you, that means $120 or $190 is due (if you're taking one dance class or music lessons). PLEASE get those in THIS WEEK. It really helps keep things running smoothly when those are on time. Thanks!

Shoot me an email or stop by the front table if you have questions. Brooke or I will be glad to help!

Trinity Arts Center Is Closed For Spring Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/08/14.

Trinity Arts Center is closed next week (Monday, March 10th through Friday, March 15th) for Spring Break. Our return, on Monday, March 17th, will mark the beginning of the fourth and final quarter of the 2013-14 school year, which means tuition will be due as well. Please stop by the front desk, call, or email if you have any questions.

Also... Save dates on your calendar for all of the upcoming events like the Battle of the Bands finale concert on April 26th; Music Recitals on May 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, and 17th (I'll send more info about those next week); our spring dance production of Ever After on May 17th and 18th (tickets go on sale next week); Princes Ballerina Camp from June 2nd through the 6th (only five spots left); and our two-week Summer Dance Intensive from June 9th through 13th and 16th through 20th.

Spring has sprung! Have a great week off and we'll see you when we get back. = )

Trinity Arts Center Photo Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/28/14.

The week of March 3rd through 8th (next week), Rebecca Marr will photograph all of the students at Trinity Arts Center (at least those who want to be photographed). If you're interested in having photos taken, take a peek at the notes below, practice your Blue Steel a couple times, and we'll see you next week!

From Rebecca:
"We are so excited for photo week next week March 3-8, 2014. Each dance class will be photographed during one of their scheduled class times. It will only take a fraction of their class time so instruction will not be lost. We will photograph each style of dance during that particular dance class. (Example: ballet style during your ballet class, jazz style during your jazz class, etc.) If you cannot make your class time for photos, please come during another time so you do not miss out! MUSIC STUDENTS are welcome to participate in photos too! You may come with or without your instrument for creative headshots. The studio will be set up in the main lobby with a black backdrop and floor. Please plan your arrival and departure times and clothing accordingly."

Dance Students & Parents: Check the photo schedule for notes concerning attire, hair, make-up, sibling photos, schedule, and more.

P.S. Rebecca has also posted pictures from The Prodigal, The Nutcracker, The Music Man, and God With Us on her web site. Follow the directions below to view (and purchase, if you'd like) those pics!
  1. Visit Rebecca's web site.
  2. Mouse over the CLIENT INFO menu and click on CLIENT LOGIN
  3. Enter your email and password to LOGIN (if you already have an account) or press the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button and complete the info.
  4. Once you're logged in, you'll see a gold bar under the menu that will prompt you for an access code. If you don't, click the ACCESS GALLERY menu, and enter TAC.
  6. Click on the photo set you'd like to view.
  7. Select, view, and purchase as you see fit!
As always... Thanks to Rebecca for the many hours she dedicates to capturing these moments for us. Next time you'd like to update the family photos, give her a call (just not on a production weekend). = )

Screen Artists & Talent Meetup!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/11/14.

The Screen Artist's Co-Op (the same folks that dropped in for a meetup in January) are back on Saturday, February 22nd for a scouting session with any interested actors. This time of year (pilot season) is a very busy time for television and film placement. If you're interested, they'd like to meet you!

From Jon & Jessy: "We are looking to fill several roles for kids, ages 5-13, and for older teens and young adults who can play a younger role. On February 22nd, we will be on-camera auditioning as many kids as we can between 2-6pm. So be sure to get there early to secure your place in line. We will then contact and bring back those we are interested in for interviews on Sunday the 23rd between 2-6pm."

For those who weren't able to make the meetup in January, we encourage you to drop in, meet with them, and see if there's an opportunity. Visit their web site for bios, class schedules, and more. Also, keep your eyes open for some workshop opportunities coming later this year.

Battle of the Bands Is Back!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/09/14.

Battle of the Bands, a 10-week music program that groups teen musicians into bands while they learn and write music, begins with a meet and greet at 10:00 AM on THIS SATURDAY, February 15th.

BOTB is open to any musician, ages 12-18, who has enough proficiency on their instrument to play some basic chords and rhythms. Students are grouped by age, playing ability, and style preference (as best as we can) and -- can even sign up to participate with a group of friends. We've had everyting from vocal/piano duets to seven-member pop groups and full-blown hard rock bands over the past eight years. Whatever your ability, insrument, or style, we've likely got a place for you!

The program consists of a meet and greet to determine the playing ability of each student, followed by 10 coach-supervised rehearsals, scheduled on Saturday afternoons between 12:00 and 3:00. On Saturday, April 26th, we'll wrap things up with a finale concert and "Battle of the Bands" where each band will play two songs -- a cover song, written by another artists and their own original song. We'll have a great time, learn a lot, make new friends, gain some confidence, and (hopefully) write some great music! = )

Tuition is $150 for the 10-week session. We have guitar amps, drums, mics, and pianos in-house but don't provide any other instruments. Shoot me an email to hold your spot. Hopefully we'll see you on the 15th!

Summer Dance Intensive Dates Announced!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/07/14.

Join us this summer and learn from some of the most incredible and inspirational choreographers and instructors we've come across in our many years of doing what we do! Our summer dance program just keeps getting better. Come be a part of it on June 9-13 and 16-20!

This summer's intensive will feature long-time friends and favorites like Marc Wayne (Paseo Academy of the Arts, The Culture House) and Cheryl Cutlip (Project Dance, The Rockettes), and some new faces, like Misty Rasconsmith (Word In Motion, Pink, Christina Aguilera) and Kristine Covillo (West Side Story, Smash, The Rockettes)

Both weeks of our intensive (June 9-13 and June 16-20) will include an intense 5 1/2 hour daily schedule of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and theatrical classes, with lots of opportunities to learn new choreography, push yourself, and benefit from the varied personal experience of this amazing group of dancers, teachers, and choreographers. In addition to being talented performers and teachers, these guests are all incredible role models and mentors. You will be inspired and changed.

Classes are available for both intermediate (at least two years of ballet) and advanced (at least three years on pointe) levels. Tuition is $300 per week or $500 for both. The intensive is 100% open to students outside of our studio, although space is limited and housing is not included.

Download the brochure for more information about the schedule, instructors, and cost. Email or call if you have any questions and check out complete bios for this year's instructors on our Programs & Instructors page. We'd love to see you there!

Register Now For Princess Ballerina Summer Camp!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/29/14.

Registration for this year's Princess Ballerina Camp is open! From dancing to costumes, tea parties to pajama parties, and face painting to all things pretty; if you are a young girl (ages 2-6), Princess Ballerina Camp is the place to be!

What is Princess Ballerina Camp? It is everything girlie, cute, graceful, beautiful, pretty, playful, and lovely. Activities will include daily tea parties, extravagant ballet and party costumes, beautiful dance instruction, engaging classical music, and much, much more.

Camp will be held from Monday, June 2nd to Friday, June 6th, from 9:00 to 12:00 each day, with a mid-morning snack and juice provided. To register, stop by the front desk at Trinity Arts Center. Last year's camp filled up in about two weeks so, please register early to guarantee your spot. The cost is $100 and is all-inclusive.

We're sorry. Princess Ballerina Camp is at capacity, and has achieved maximum cuteness. We still have a handful of unconfirmed registrations, so we are creating a waiting list, just in case. Let me know if you'd like to be on it.

Tuition Is Due This Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/06/14.

Tuition for the spring semester is due this week. For the majority of you, that means $120-$190 per quarter or $220-$361 per semester, depending on whether you are taking group classes or private lessons. Shoot me an email, call, or stop by the front desk to get a total and settle up. Thanks!

P.S. All classes and lessons continue into the spring semester, just like a regular school year. If you need to make a change, please let us know.

P.S.S. Brooke (the beautiful, kind, and encouraging young woman behind the front table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings) can take tuition payments, answer questions, and anything else that I can do. Just think of her as a prettier version of me. = )

Weather Cancellation Policy!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/06/14.

Since the weather and roads are often clear by the time we start classes, we do not follow the cancellation schedule for any of the area school systems. Snow cancellations are always announced via email, on the web site, and on our answering machine by noon of the day in question.

If we are open, we will not post anything. Cancellation notices appear on the home page in large, orange text, at the top of the page. When in doubt, feel free to shoot me an email. Of course, use your own judgement if the roads where you live won't allow you to travel safely (or if you'd just rather go sledding). = )

Regional Screen Artists Co-Op & Film Representation Meetup!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/05/14.

On Saturday, January 11th, four members of the Screen Artists Co-Op will host a meet-and-greet designed to set the stage for some upcoming 10-week screen actors workshops and recruit talent for their roster of professional film actors. Any actor, ages seven and up, with any interest in working professionally as a screen actor, should be there for this free event.

We've visited the Screen Artists Co-op a few times this fall, and have always come home excited about what we've learned, challenged in new ways, and eager to experience more. From start to finish, we've been impressed with the quality, depth, talent, passion, range, and professionalism we've seen as we've gotten to know Jon Menick, the founder and mentor of SAC, caught a glimpse of his vision for our region, and learned more about the growing talent pool of actors and professional film opportunites in the southeast.

Actors of any age, who are interested in becoming a better actor, connecting with other actors in our region, and pursuing a professional career in the film industry should come by for this event. We guarantee you will leave inspired, encouraged, and looking for more.

This is a free event, open to ages seven and up, with no sales pitch for future auditions or events, other than the 10-week workshops that we will be hosting at the Arts Center. The meetup will begin at 1:00 and run 2-3 hours, depending on the number of actors who wish to interview for professional representation. Take a peek at their web site for more info, and please RSVP to let us know you're coming.

Auditions For "Ever After" Spring Dance Production!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/05/14.

On Wednesday, January 22nd, Amanda Burrow will be hosting auditions for lead roles in our spring dance production of "Ever After", based on the book "The Way Home: A Princess Story" written by Max Lucado and illustrated by Tristan Elwell.

Auditions will begin at 6:30 PM, and will run approximately two hours, depending on the number of students participating. Leads roles are available to female students who are currently enrolled in our level 5, 6, or 7 ballet classes and any male students, age fourteen and above. Students should meet in the main lobby by 6:30 and will be sent down to audition in groups. Students do not need to prepare anything. Auditions will be in a class format, with all music, direction, and notes given at the audition. Regular ballet attire is expected.

As with all of our dance productions, all of our dance students will be participating in the production, even if they are outside the age and level ranges specified above. This audition is for lead roles only, which will include rehearsal times and commitments outside of each student's participation with their classes. We will follow up with complete details and production notes as soon as we have them.

Tickets will go on sale March 31st. Parents & Students: Visit the production page for complete info.

Third Annual Trinity Arts Center Father/Daughter Dance!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/05/14.

The Father/Daughter Dance, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 15th, at Chateau Selah, has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 1st. An email went out on Monday with complete details. All of that information is still valid, except the date. Hopefully we'll see you there.

As of today, we are taking reservations for our third annual Father/Daughter Dance -- an elegant night of dining and dancing, with all proceeds funding educational scholarships and grants through the Trinity Arts Foundation. Come dance the night away and make great memories with your daughters, friends, and fathers. It will be a wonderful night to remember!

Dinner will include a gourmet entre, fresh salad, warm bread, mouth-watering dessert, and a variety of drinks. Attire is formal, as we'll spend the evening dancing under the stars at the most perfect setting for such an event, the beautiful, and elegant wedding and special event venue -- Chateau Selah on Saturday, February 15th from 6:00-10:00.

Those who attended past events know what a special night this is -- full of meaningful daddy/daughter memories. Moms, reserve a spot for your husbands and daughters today. Dads, make plans for yourself, your daughters, and perhaps for someone whose father isn't available this year. Did I mention that the incredibly talented Rebecca Marr will be taking pictures to commemorate the event?

This will be a memorable night, raising funds for a worthwhile cause. You absolutely cannot invest a better $20 anywhere. Call or email early to reserve your place and let us know about any special meal preferences. This even has sold out quickly each of the last two years. We recommend you reserve your spot early. We hope to see all of you there!

Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 01/06/14.
Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
LOCAL DANCERS: Valery Lantratov, General Director of the Russian National Ballet Federation, will be teaching two ballet master classes on Wednesday, February 26th from 4:00-5:30 (intermediate) and 5:30-7:00 (advanced).

A graduate of the Moscow Academic Choreographic College, Lantratov was selected as a first soloist with the Moscow Stanislavski Ballet, dancing principal roles in ballets such as Don Quixote, Copellia, and Romeo & Juliet. Valery's credits include international performances with the Kremlin Ballet, and the Russian National Ballet Foundation, which he formed in 1993, being named "People s Artist of Russia" -- the Russian Federation's highest artistic honor.

Mr. Lantratov holds a teaching certificate from Russia's National Academy of Theatrical Arts and is currently touring via the Russian National Ballet Foundation, introducing international audiences to some of the finest classical works of Russia. To see a video of Mr. Lantratov in action, watch this video on You Tube.

The Intermediate class is for our Level 4 & 5 students. The Advanced class is for our Level 6 & 7. Participation is just $25 for the 90 minute workshop. Please take advantage of this very special opportunity to study from a Russian Master. Students from other schools are welcome! Email or call to register.

The Trinity Arts Foundation - Arts Give Back 2014!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/02/13.

Two years ago, the Trinity Arts Foundation, the non-profit that we run alongside the Trinity Arts Center, launched a series of community-building initiatives called Arts Give Back projects, where the members of the Trinity community join together to support teachers, organizations, or artists with the materials, funding, or resources they need to continue their great work.

Past projects have included Amanda Burrow's direction of Hope Finds Joy which raised over $10,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, our annual Arts Give Back grant to Northside Elementay for much-needed art and music supplies, our stage at the Blue Plum Festival, grants to the Jonesborough Repertory and the Johnson City Community Theatres, and more than $200,000 in individual grants and scholarships.

We're extremely proud of these projects, and of the talented, dedicated, and creative people whose efforts these projects help bring to life, and for the positive impact their work has on thousands of young people in our community and beyond.

Looking forward, we're setting a goal to double our efforts in 2014, seeking out new community partners, businesses, and individuals to make an annual commitment to help fund these efforts, and new teachers, organizations, or projects that we can support as they do the good work that they do -- inspiring students, encouraging us all, and communicating truth in creative and meaningful ways.

If you believe in us, believe in the work we are doing, and believe in the unique way that God uses the magic and mystery of music, language, dance, creativity, and art to inspire, convict, and draw us in, please join us. We could really use your help.

For more information about what it means to be a community partner, or to let us know about someone who could use our support, shoot us an email or give us a call at 926-6048. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

The Nutcracker & The Land Of Sweets!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 12/01/13.

Join us on Saturday, December 7th, for an abbreviated, forty-five minute, kid-friendly performance of The Nutcracker in our main studio with a follow-up visit to the "Land of the Sweets" in our lobby for delicious treats and a Christmas photo opportunity with all of the characters from the show.

Performances will be held at 1:00 and 3:00, with drinks, cupcakes, and visits from your favorite dancers in the main lobby, immediately after each performance. Bring your cameras and take advantage of the Nutcracker themed decorations and costumed characters, who will travel around the room, visiting and taking photos with attendees. By the way, we will have some delicious gluten-free options and a very manly table set aside just for boys, the mouse king, and the Nutracker (swords not included).

Tickets for the performance are $5 for parents and students, including admission to the Land Of Sweets after party. All proceeds go to to the Trinity Arts Foundation and are tax deductible if paid by check. Additional donations are welcome.

God With Us Tickets Are Available Now!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/19/13.

On Saturday, December 21st, Trinity Arts Center will bring the Christmas story to life, as our students and instructors present the eighth annual performance of God With Us, an original, contemporary ballet set to your favorite traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

God With Us delivers a perfect mix of entertaining, cute, and meaningful moments, with student and professional performances that deliver a timely reminder of the true reason for the season; to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and one of His most compelling names, Immanuel -- God With Us.

If you have not yet made God With Us a part of your family's Christmas tradition, we invite you to join us this year. We promise to send you home encouraged, with memories of cute little lambs, a few magical moments, and your favorite Christmas melodies dancing around in your head.

Tickets are available online at, by calling 926-6048, or at the front desk at Trinity Arts Center, week days from 2:30-7:00.

Parents & Students: Check out the production page for additional costume, rehearsal, and schedule information.

We Are Closed This Week For Thanksgiving Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/24/13.

We will be closed this week for Thanksgiving Break. We hope this year finds your family with much to be thankful for. Thanks, by the way, for your continued patronage (and friendship) over the last eight years. You've made our family feel very welcome and we appreciate it!

Enjoy the week with your family and friends and we'll see you after the break. By the way, our online calendar is the best place to keep an eye on our schedule, tuition deadlines, holidays, performances, and everything else. Check it out any time.

Eat Mor Chikin (And See More Musical Theatre)!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/28/13.

Stop by the West Market Chick-fil-A this week (Monday, October 28th through Saturday, November 2nd), and let them know you're there to support our upcoming production of The Music Man! You'll get some super-delicious chicken, shakes, cookies, and waffle fries; and we'll get a percentage of sales to help fund this amazing production of The Music Man, coming to the Gregory Center at Milligan College from November 15-24.

The week will culminate in a chicken-and-music-filled finale on Saturday, November 2nd, when we'll pull out all of the stops, entertaining audiences with funny and sing-along-able selections from Professor Harold Hill, the River City Barber Shop Quartet, the Pick-A-LIttle ladies, and more. Save the date on your calendars, and make plans to join us for lunch from 12-2 on Saturday. Of course, you can stop by any time to get good food and show your support for the show. We'd appreciate it if you would wear them out all week. = ) You've got to eat, right?

P.S. Make sure to let Chick-fil-A know that you're there to support Trinity Arts Center and The Music Man, and please thank them for stepping up to support the arts and for showing such amazing and generous leadership in our community. Eat more chikin!

Quarterly Tuition Is PAST DUE!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/07/13.

Quarterly tuition was due by October 14th. If you haven't paid tuition for the current (our past) quarter yet, please do that THIS WEEK. It helps us keep things running smoothly, and keep our bills paid, which is good to do. = )

Thanks for making that a priority, and thanks for your ongoing patronage and support. We really appreciate it!

The Nutcracker & The Land Of Sweets!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/16/13.

On Saturday, December 7th, our Junior & Senior Ballet Company members will be presenting an abbreviated, forty-five minute, kid-friendly version of ballet's most popular Christmas classic -- The Nutcracker.

Performances will be held in the main studio at 1:00 and 3:00, with drinks, cupcakes (including gluten-free), and photo opportunies with your favorite dancers in the main lobby, immediately after each performance. Bring your cameras, to take advantage of the Nutcracker themed decorations and costumed characters, who will travel around the room, visiting and taking photos with attendees.

Tickets for the performance are $3 for parents and students. Admission to the Land Of Sweets Party is an additional $2 for students (parents are free). Donations are welcome, and are tax deductible, if made out to the Trinity Arts Foundation. All proceeds go to maintain the costume closet of our Junior & Senior Companies, ensuring lots of future performances.

Note: Seating is very limited. Stop by the front desk to get your tickets for the performance and party early. They will go fast.

We Are On Fall Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/07/13.

We are closed for Fall Break this week. If you're looking for fall break stuff to do, we recommend Fender's Farm, Bay's Mountain, Laurel Falls, Roan Mountain, and the Justus Orchard. Have a great break. We'll see you next week!

Don't forget, our full schedule is posted on our calendar page which is the most up-to-date place to find information about breaks, tuition deadlines, and performances.

Quarterly Tuition Is Due Next Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/07/13.

Quarterly tuition is due next week. For many of you, that will mean a payment of $120 or $190 (the default amount for a single dance class or private music lesson). Our full tuition table is available on this year's registration form or -- you can call or email any time to get a total.

By the way... We'll be doing tuition follow ups for past-due first quarter tuition this week. If you want to avoid being on my "list", get settled up on that asap. Thanks!

Tickets For "The Music Man" Are Available Now!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/22/13.

The Music Man, one of America's most beloved musicals, is coming to Johnson City on November 15th-24th. Treat your family, schedule a date night, or just come with your friends for one of the largest stage spectacles the Tri-Cities has ever seen!

The Music Man, Trinity Arts Center's 17th full-length production, will feature a cast of more than sixty actors, musicians, and performers, including a live orchestra and some of the best talent that the Tri-Cities has to offer. We promise, this is something you do not want to miss! Order tickets online, stop by Trinity Arts Center weekdays after 3:00, or call 926-6048 to reserve your seats today.

As always, a very special "thank you" to our community partners: Milligan College, Wells Fargo, and the Market Street Chick-fil-A. As you are able, please thank them with your business.

Purchase tickets for Trinity Arts Center's production of The Music Man

We Are Working On Labor Day!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 09/01/13.

We ARE open on Labor Day, with classes and lessons scheduled as normal. If fact, we're never closed for the single-day holidays regardless of whether those fall on Monday or Friday. You can alway check our online calendar for info about holidays, tuition deadlines, etc.

Note: Our scheduled weeks off are for Fall Break (10/6-10/12), Thanksgiving Break (11/24-11/30), Christmas Break (12/22-1/4), and Spring Break (3/9-3/15) -- all scheduled around the Johnson City school system.

Like Us On Facebook To Stay Up-To-Date!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/05/13.

With the beginning of a new school year, we thought it was worth reminding everyone that we re-post all of our web updates to our Facebook page. If you're on Facebook, liking our page is a great way to get info faster than waiting for an email or checking the site. Plus, it's just nice to have friends! = )

The 2013-14 School Year Begins Today!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/05/13.

Classes and lessons begin today, but don't worry if you didn't get pre-registered. We still have lots of room for you! Call, email, or stop by any time to get started with a free trial lesson or class. Now is a great time to jump in!

Download our registration form to see a current dance schedule, tuition chart, and to get an idea what instruments we offer private music instruction for and what types of art and theatre classes are available. If it's easier, just shoot us an email or call to get started!

Things For New Dance Students To Know!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/05/13.

Every year, we like to remind our dance students (and to share with our first-time students) a few tips about dance clothes, shoes, and ballet buns to help you get the year started off on the right foot.

Ballet Clothing
Our standard uniform for ballet students is PINK TIGHTS (full-footed or convertible) with a BLACK LEOTARD (short or long sleeve is fine), and a simple, PINK pair of BALLET SLIPPERS. Dancers can also wear a simple skirt but -- we ask that you keep the sequins to a minimum (we use these as a foundation for our production costumes).

Jazz/Modern Clothing
Our standard uniform for jazz and modern classes is a BLACK LEOTARD with BLACK jazz or yoga PANTS and either simple, BLACK or split-soled JAZZ SHOES.

Where To Buy?
We purchase almost all of our costumes and clothes from, who offers a huge selection, low prices, and a 10% discount if you use Tanya's teacher code (TP28758). There are two local dance shops -- Backstage Dancewear (near the corner of Boone's Creek and North Roan, behind the BP gas station near Zak's Furniture) and Tutus, Taps, and All That Jazz (in Jonesborough, on the corner of 11-E and Headtown Road).

How To Make A Ballet Bun
With the help of our students and teachers, we created some instructional videos on how to make a ballet bun, with examples of four different types. Check those out for some tips on how to succeed at the fine art of ballet buns.

Hopefully those tips will be useful for you. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to give us a shout.

Today Is Your Last Chance To Register Early!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/22/13.

We'll be at the Arts Center from 5:00-7:00 tonight (Monday, July 22nd) for our FINAL early registration opportunity. If you haven't already registered, this is your LAST CHANCE to grab class or lesson times before the school year begins on August 5th.

Note: We will be traveling from July 23 through August 3rd and will have limited access to email and voicemail. However, if you have questions, please shoot us an email and we'll respond as soon as we can. Thanks!

Tap Is Coming To Trinity Arts Center!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/19/13.

In August, we're kicking off something we've had our eyes on for a long time at Trinity Arts Center -- TAP CLASSES! The lovely and talented Coco Cummings will be launching two levels of tap instruction, available on Saturday mornings, for all ages.

Classes will be held on Saturdays, beginning on August 10th, with ages 5-8 at 9:00 and for ages 9-adult at 9:45. Both classes are for beginners. Let us know if you're interested.

Adult Ballet Is Back!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/19/13.

Beth Bader will be restarting our Adult Ballet classes with a Thursday morning option this fall, from 11:00-12:00. Want to stay fit, build core strength, and increase flexibility in a positive and encouraging environment, designed specifically for adults? This might be exactly what you're looking for.

On the fence? Drop-in for a free class any time. It's a great way to meet the instructor, test the water, and make sure it's a good fit. Pink tights and tutus are not required. = )

Only Two More Chances To Register Early!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/15/13.

After some fun and refreshing time at the beach and in the woods, we'll be back at the Arts Center from 5:00-7:00 on Monday, July 15th (tonight) and on Monday, July 22nd for early registration. Skip the chaos and lines of the first week of classes. Get registered and pay tuition early. It's the right thing to do! = )

As always... Email or call if you have questions. We'll respond as quickly as we can.

Classes Begin In One Month. Are You Registered?
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/01/13.

More than 300 families have already pre-registered but there are still lots of available dance and music times. Don't wait until the last minute! Avoid the lines, and make sure you get the class and lesson times you need! Call, email, or drop by any Monday night this month between 5:00 and 6:00 to get registered!

Grab a copy of the registration form online or pick one up at the Art Center. As always... Give me a shout if you need anything. Thanks!

The Prodigal Video & Pics Are Online!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 06/03/13.

Rebecca Marr has posted rehearsal and performance pics for The Prodigal on her web site. To access those, just visit her site and follow the directions below. For video, just click on the link below to view and/or download to your computer. Enjoy!

To view and/or download the VIDEO:
Click here to view the video in your browser.
Right-click here and select "save as..." to download the video to your computer.

To view and/or purchase PICS from Rebecca Marr:

  1. Visit Rebecca's web site.
  2. Mouse over the CLIENT INFO menu and click on CLIENT LOGIN
  3. Enter your email and password to LOGIN (if you already have an account) or press the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button and complete the info.
  4. Once you're logged in, you'll see a gold bar under the menu that will prompt you for an access code. If you don't, click the ACCESS GALLERY menu, and enter TAC.
  6. Click on PRODIGAL
  7. Select, view, and purchase as you see fit!
Again... Thanks to Rebecca for all the time she puts into capturing these memories for us. We really appreciate it!

"Move It Your Way" Special Needs Dance Classes!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/31/13.

This summer, Trinity Arts Center is partnering with Ashley Ramsey, and the Occupational Therapy Program at Milligan College to provide summer dance classes for students with special needs!

Classes will be held every Wednesday in July, from 10:30-11:30 AM in our downstairs studio. We welcome students with wheelchairs, crutches, braces, canes, and any physical limitation, who would enjoy the opportunity to experience movement and dance in a safe, fun, creative, and encouraging way! Tution, for the five week session, is just $25. Space is limited. Call or email to reserve your spot. We'll see you there!

Only 2 Weeks To Our Amazing Summer Dance Intensive!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/30/13.

Join us this summer and learn from some incredible regional, national, and even international choreographers and instructors! Our summer dance program just keeps getting better, and continues to draw students, not just from our studio, but from other local studios looking to compliment their normal instruction, and from dancers all over our region.

If you're a dancer within driving distance, looking for a way to stay in shape, push yourself to learn something new, and soak up inspiration and instruction from a variety of teachers and performers -- come be a part of our Summer Dance Intensive. We'd love to have you!

Week 1 (June 17-21) will include instruction in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, and theatrical dance from Tanya Rathbun (Trinity Arts Center), Cheryl Cutlip (Project Dance & Former Rockette), Denise Gillman (Gillman's School of Dance), Amanda Burrow (Trinity Arts Center), Lori Ann Sparks (Central Ballet Theatre), Jen Kintner (ETSU), and Mary Anne Sowers (Johnson City Schools), with more to be announced!

Week 2 (June 24-28) will feature instruction from the dynamic duo themselves -- Marc Wayne (Maxxus Dance Theatre, The Culture House, Storling Dance Theatre) from Kansas City, MO and Andrea Wolff (9th Street Dance, Legacy Studios for the Performing Arts) from Durham, NC. We're thrilled to have them both, and look forward to some incredible instruction and inspiration this summer!

Classes are available for both intermediate and advanced levels. Tuition is $250 per week or $450 for both. Download the brochure for more information about the schedule, instructors, and cost. Email or call if you have any question. Space is limited so please register early. We'd love to see you there!

Trinity Arts Center Is On Summer Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/27/13.

Trinity Arts Center is closed for summer break until the 2013-14 school year begins on Monday, August 5th. Over the summer, we'll be holding early registration open house every Monday night from 5:00-6:00. If you'd like to get registered for the fall, that's the best time to drop by.

Even on summer break, shooting us an email is a great way to get in touch with us. We may respond a bit slower than usual, but we will respond as soon as we can.

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